Take the next step in your teaching career with an iPGCE


Are you living or working outside the UK* and looking to take the next step in your teaching?

Tes Institute’s iPGCE Master’s level programme is designed to offer education professionals outside the UK a flexible route to gain an International Postgraduate Certificate in Education (iPGCE)**.

This blended learning programme takes one academic year to complete and is delivered through a mix of online and school based learning, face-to-face development and in-country tutor support.

Course and content overview

Tes Institute’s iPGCE programme is validated by a leading UK University. It consists of two modules that blend applied teaching theory with practice, focusing on the relevant aspects of the professional role of a teacher as well as the related Teachers’ Standards.

You will have the opportunity to explore key features of learning and teaching in the context of international school systems, whilst developing individual practice through critical engagement and research on practice.

Whilst gaining an iPGCE does not include QTS (which is required to teach in most state schools in England), by the end of the programme trainees will have compiled a full online portfolio against the QTS standards. For eligible trainees, this means that they can, if they wish, undertake an accelerated ‘Assessment Only’ route to QTS with TES Institute, either upon taking up a post in the UK or even whilst in their current school overseas if they are working in a BSO school.


Module Title Number of credits FHEQ Level Core or Optional
Developing effective subject knowledge and pedagogy 30 7 Core
Investigating strategies for raising pupil learning and achievement 30 7 Core



The programme is delivered over 38 weeks through a blend of online learning, in-school work-based activities and tutor support and assessment. Tes Institute will provide you with expert advice, support and guidance every step of the way.

Entry requirements

To be eligible for the course you will need to hold an honours degree or equivalent. If English is not your first language, you must achieve IELTS 6.5 (no less than 6.0 in any element). English language qualifications must have been completed within two years of the programme start date.

*The iPGCE addresses all the Standards for Qualified Teachers Status (QTS) in England but it does not offer a license to teach in England (QTS) or elsewhere. QTS does not apply to those working in schools outside England, however the TES Institute programme team will be able to advise individuals on what course of action is need should QTS be required in the future.

Local teacher license regulations will vary by country. Please contact TES Institute to check the recognition of iPGCE in your country.

** Subject to validation

Find out more about iPGCE

Submit your interest and an enrolment advisor will contact you with more information.